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INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO
“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Gandhi branding on beer cans gets lawyer's goat - The New Indian Express

Gandhi branding on beer cans gets lawyer's goat - The New Indian Express | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

" It may well be considered sacrilegious to think of Mahatma Gandhi and liquor in the same breath, leave alone naming a beer brand after the Father of ..."


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India's Potty Problem

India's Potty Problem | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Which statement is true? 

 

A. 60% of all households without toilets in the world are in India.
B. India’s Muslims are less affected by the sanitation problem than Hindus.
C. India’s lack of toilets is worse than China’s.
D. Lack of toilets in India puts women at especially high risk.


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:22 PM

This is very sad to see and know about. Obviously you can see how the lack of sanitation can ultimately lead to innocent people dying or even getting a disease. It is very important to look at the data, and be able to build or giving more toilet to those in need in India. Not only should the Prime Minister do something, but so should those around them and try to help this need. You don't NEED technology, you NEED a toilet. 

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2014 11:00 AM

While many laugh at subjects like this, this is probably one of the largest issues that India faces today. India's cities as well as its populations  have been growing at alarming rates, making it nearly impossible for sanitation infrastructure to keep up. Almost half of India's population has to practice open defecation, going to the bathroom, or dumping excrement, in less desirable places. Many of the poorer areas are affected by this, because often times people are defecating or dumping in areas such as slums. Besides already having hard lives and poor living conditions, slums have to also deal with an increased rate of sickness due to fecal matter. Hindus are also more at risk because they sometimes view private latrines as unclean and unholy, so they make use of open defecating. India's development depends on increased sanitation measures. Especially since children are some of the most effected by this issue.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, January 24, 8:20 AM

These statements are true but still hard to believe. Showcases how technology can expand too rapidly and benefit the rich and leave the poor to live in squalor. How is it remotely possible to have more cell phones than toilets? This country can build out a network comprising of towers, service, and IT support, but can't provide basic, humane services to prevent disease and give the people decent living standards. Lack of sanitation can and will destroy the people who can least afford it. Politically, India needs to re-examine its priorities and start to provide basic needs to its people. Here's hoping they do just that....

 

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India's Census: Lots Of Cellphones, Too Few Toilets

The results of India's once-in-a-decade census reveal a country of 1.2 billion people where millions have access to the latest technology, but millions more lack sanitation and drinking water.

 

More Indians are entering the middle class as personal wealth is transforming South Asia's economy in the private sector.  Yet the government's ability to provide public services to match that growth still lags behind.  Why would it be that it is easier to get a cell phone than a toilet in India?  What will that mean for development?  


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Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 23, 2014 10:10 AM

Government in India may be ill equipped to handle the need for sewage, sanitation and clean water. These items are harder to come by than cell phones and televisions. Over 1/2 of the country lacks basic sanitation, but yet, have cell phones. This dystopia is leading to even people climbing out of poverty from having some of the basics needed for a healthy life.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, November 29, 2014 3:41 PM

Its interesting in a country as large as India, its number one problem is waste management. Its telling of the priorities of the country's leader and it also speaks on the country's reception of first world waste. While more than half of Indians have access to a cell phone device, television and other electronic products, its also embarrassing on the country's behalf that less than half of the country's population have access to toilets.

I believe the case for this is Indian government not have the proper equipment to be able to establish properly install proper sanitation in the land. In order for the government to put in place they would need to establish a proper pipelines throughout the land to ensure that once toilets are set in place, waste is properly disposed of.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:59 AM

This sound clip highlights an interesting issue today in India, as the population has exploded the logistics to support these people is nonexistent while access to modern technology is present. Its an odd concept that one can readily find cheap accessible technology such as cell phones or TVs yet something as basic as a toilet or running water is out of reach for many. This is the problem when a population expands faster than it is possible to increase its logistical capacity.

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McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR

McDonald's Goes Vegetarian — In India : NPR | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.

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7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014

7 awful conflicts that were under-reported in 2014 | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Sadly, there was plenty of mayhem and violence that didn't make newspaper frontpages. Here are some awful conflicts that merited more attention.

 

Tags: conflict,  Libya, Yemen, Assam (India), the Sudans, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya. 


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, January 23, 12:14 PM

Current events, course resource, could be applied to just about every unit!

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The BRIC Countries

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For some time now, Brazil, Russia, India, and China have been grouped together under the acronym BRIC.

 

What are the demographic profiles of these "BRIC" countries that are increasingly looming large in the global consciousness?  While they to not quite fit the profile of more developed countries (MDCs), the BRIC countries are notable for how rapidly they are closing the gap in many metrics. 


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, November 2, 2014 9:21 PM

The BRIC countries are among the top 10 riches countries in the world and this article shows data supporting the idea that by 2050, These countries will pass the top 4 countries due to their booming economies. As the countries continue their upward climb they will be closer to securing their place atop of the richest countries list.

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60 minutes: India's love affair with gold

60 minutes: India's love affair with gold | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
60 Minutes on CBS News: India's love affair with gold - "No gold, no wedding," is a saying in India, indicating the importance of gold to Indian culture and tradition. Byron Pitts reports on India's obsession with gold.

 

Cultural values strongly impact consumption patterns.  India's preference for gold, combined with South Asia's growing population, also leads to environmental impacts around the world as India's obsession for gold drives the global market, accounting for 1/3 of the trade.  This video explores the cultural (and economic) logic behind the enormous importance of gold jewelry in Indian society.      


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